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6 Foot Long Alligator Carried to North Georgia by Floods

GRIFFIN, Ga., Oct. 16 (UPI) — An alligator almost 7 feet long made his way to North Georgia in floodwaters, a reptile expert said.

Jason Clark, who operates Southern Reptile Refuge in Griffin, Ga., said most of the calls he gets about nuisance alligators in the Atlanta area are released or escaped pets, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. But he said the one that turned up Saturday in Coweta County was clearly not raised in a terrarium.

“This one, he’s nobody’s pet; he crawled up here,” Clark said.

Clark believes the alligator came from the Flint River, which flows south through western Georgia. Recent flooding provided a pathway north, he said.

Because Clark and his wife had been booked to give a talk about reptiles, he sent his father, Mike, to do the pickup. All three Clarks are licensed to retrieve “nuisance” alligators, lizards and snakes.

On Wednesday, the alligator was moved to a new home in Pike County, a property of more than 100 acres, including a private lake and swamp draining into the Flint River.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Cyanide and Sewage Spill in River Trent Causes Animal Deaths Along 30 Mile Stretch

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Oct. 7 (UPI) — British environmental officials say they’re investigating a spill of cyanide and sewage into the River Trent, warning the public to avoid the waterway.

Pollution levels in a 30-mile stretch of the river between Stoke-on-Trent and Yoxall in Staffordshire have already resulted in the deaths of animals, The Times of London reported Wednesday.

“This is due to untreated sewage and cyanide at levels that are potentially a cause for concern, especially with regard to fish, wildlife and animals. Thousands of fish have already died,” a statement from the British Environment Agency read. “The warning to stay out of the river applies to everyone, including farmers, anglers, dog walkers, boaters and anyone using the river for work or pleasure.”

The officials said the British Food Standards Agency has warned that residents should avoid taking water out of the River Trent for any reason.

The Times said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has asked the public to report any animals found to be hurt and asked Britons to keep their pets away from the river.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Scientists: African Rock and Burmese Pythons Could Mate in Florida Everglades

MIAMI, Sept. 20 (UPI) — Scientists say the African rock python and the Burmese python could mate in the Florida Everglades, producing a vigorous possibly man-eating hybrid.

Burmese pythons are known to be breeding in the Everglades National Park and naturalists estimate about 100,000 live in the area. Five rock pythons have been captured or killed near the Everglades recently, ABC News reports.

Both species are invaders, most pets released when they got too big. Both can grow to be more than 20 feet long.

“It’s a big petri dish,” Kevin Enge, an invasive species expert with the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told ABC. “You keep introducing things and, yeah, you don’t know what’s going to turn out.”

Burmese and rock pythons have mated in zoos, although scientists do not know if they are capable of producing a viable hybrid that could continue to reproduce.

The rock python is a much more aggressive species than the Burmese python and has been known to kill and eat people in Africa. Kenneth Krysko, a senior biologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, described the African species as “mean right out of the egg, and they don’t ever tame down.”

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Nisus-Environmentally Friendly Pesticides

Scuttling in the crevices of every home are a variety of pests that seem to thrive on making the human inhabitants miserable. One of the most hated pests are cockroaches, which are almost impossible to eliminate. It does not matter how clean a house is; one inseminated female roach can explode into an infestation within a matter of weeks. Miniscule amounts of food, such as splattered grease, sugar that lands behind the cupboard or even glue is enough to keep the population going. Trails of ants crawling throughout the house, a single chirping cricket serenading you in the middle of the night and slugs eating up your prized garden are no fun either.

Borates have long been used as a
safer alternative to highly volatile,
synthetic chemical pesticides
(Photo: Nisus Corporation)

Pesticides are the easiest solution, but are not a pleasant option to users concerned about their pets or the birds that make the outdoors so enjoyable. This is where the Nisus Corporation comes into play. Based in Tennessee, Nisus manufactures a variety of environmentally friendly pest control products.

Their granular bait product, sold under the name “Niban”, works unlike other pesticides because it isn’t a real poison. Compared to table salt in toxicity, Niban actually works by altering an insect’s digestive process. After insects ingest Niban, they are unable to absorb the nutrients from the delicious glue, wood or table scraps they had been feasting on before, and starve to death. Humans, pets, birds, fish and amphibians who accidentally eat some of the granules are not affected.

The main ingredient in Niban is Boron, formulated with other ingredients that attract pests. According to Nisus, “Niban poses very low impact to the environment…since boron is already found in virtually all ecosystems…as the Niban granules dissolve, the borates simply become part of the background levels of boron [which is an essential micronutrient for plants and animals].”

Just because the bait is environmentally friendly, does not make it less effective: The Niban Jug just needs a quick shake to deposit the granules on the ground while you walk the perimeter of the building. Smaller granules are available for placement inside the smaller nooks and crannies inside the home. These granules can handle up to 4 inches of rain, are not prone to mold, and don’t degrade with exposure to the sun.

The ominous sound of the shaking Niban jug , should send pests running for the hills.

On a side note: Nisus also developed termiticides made with their patented Borate solution for pre-treatment of building areas. This is a greener alternative and provides long term protection against termites.

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